Although I have some familiarity with the rules system used in For King and Parliament (FK&P) my first play-through of the Battle of Lessie’s Moor proceeded with fits and starts. Not surprising really. It is always that way with the first few encounters with rules, particularly when I have not got rules references written up or figured out the best way (for me) to represent things on the tabletop. Add into this the arrival of some of our family, refugees from the hurricane strike in Florida, and the play-through ended up being a bit hit or miss.
It is clear however that the scenario gets the action started very quickly and the mechanics, by and large, are quite fast and smooth. I took a lot of notes as I played but no photos (they slow me down too since I always feel compelled to annotate each one in ridiculous detail). I wish now I had taken at least one to show the final positions and the rather impressive carnage. A brief summary of the battle follows:
Action happened very quickly (second turn in if you don’t count the near useless performance of the Roundhead gun battery) and was almost immediate in producing casualties. No tactical subtleties were employed, just straight at them as most amateur armies seem to do. Initially Both sides had problems getting their command structures sorted out. I hadn’t fully appreciated that particular scenario design subtlety until I had gotten underway.
On the Parliamentarian left their horse got badly chewed up by the exuberant Prince Philip but Captain General Grundy himself seized control of the horse reserve and managed to end the threat. He was then stymied in how to approach the remaining meager forces on the Royalist right. Meanwhile on the Royalist left, after a tug of war full of pursuits and alarms, Lord Pargetter’s forces managed to hold their positions in the gardens of Lower Locksley Hall. With both flanks stalemated, the decisive action shifted to the center.
The professional soldier, Colonel Oliver Sterling, led his brigade straight into the teeth of the Royalist foot and both sides were severely mauled. Sterling, now on his third mount and his clothing pierced by musket balls, then took command of the Borsetshire brigade and finished the job in grand style, crushing the Royalist center and wining on points (12-Sept-17 Andrew has pointed out that Sterling, as only a brigade commander, is not permitted to take command of another brigade! ~GdG )
The above shan’t be the official account. Now that I have a better feel of the rules and have made several changes in my play aides (which I’ll describe below), I am ready for the “official” game!
The following pictures are “clickable”: